What things must Steve Wilks prove to Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper in his bid to become the team’s head coach in 2023?
After impressing considerably on an interim basis, Steve Wilks gets his chance to become Carolina Panthers head coach this week. According to Joe Person of The Athletic, the respected figure is scheduled to meet with team owner David Tepper on Tuesday, which will go a long way to determining his future with the franchise.
Wilks has the credentials and commands complete respect within the locker room. His 6-6 record with a threadbare staff after taking over from Matt Rhule is a significant achievement in the circumstances, which cannot be ignored by Tepper considering how bleak things looked earlier in the campaign.
This was Wilks doing more with less. Even though most within the franchise are on board, the only opinion that matters sits with the billionaire, who doesn’t have a great track record of solid decisions since buying the team from Jerry Richardson.
A make-or-break moment awaits Wilks. Here are three things he must prove in pursuit of winning the head coaching job.
Smooth transition from Carolina Panthers interim coach
While Steve Wilks shone in an interim role, there aren’t many who’ve held similar positions that have gone on to achieve similar success once given the job long-term. This will be an obvious concern for David Tepper, so convincing the owner this transition will go smoothly is of paramount importance.
Wilks is a no-nonsense guy that is the opposite of Tepper’s previous hire. But the evidence he’s accumulated over 12 games in 2022 indicates more could be on the way once he gets the keys to the kingdom full-time.